An electronic billboard with Opposition Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress party and his running mate, Yemi Osinbanjo in a slum in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Lagos - A United States security think-tank has made a startling claim, accusing that country’s administration of intentionally undermining President Goodluck Jonathan and thwarting his chances in the just-ended general elections.
The Center for Security Policy, in a statement after Jonathan lost to Muhammadu Buhari, further claimed the country frustrated Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram, hence compromising Jonathan’c chances.
“No one could fault an analyst or observer who predicted that Goodluck Jonathan would lose this weekend’s election due to his own lack of leadership and assertiveness. There were and indeed are ostensible shortcomings. There is now, however, a critical piece of context that was missing before,” claimed CSP.
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“The U.S. administration intentionally undermined the democratically elected president of Nigeria while David Axelrod and his political firm were being paid by the political opponent of President Goodluck Jonathan.
That opponent is former dictator Muhamadou (sic) Buhari and he stands to be the next president of Nigeria.”
The firm said the list of particulars with which US policy was used to frustrate the Nigerian government’s battle against Boko Haram began with the State Department resistance to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.
The list also includes denial of intelligence in the crucial weeks following the Chibok kidnapping, ending oil purchases as Nigeria’s primary customer, and prioritizing Nigeria’s domestic social policy over national security, CSP stated.
“Note that the reduction of oil purchases, an act of economic warfare, was hanging over President Jonathan’s head just before the Chibok kidnapping.
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Reeling from unexplained punishment from the U.S., Jonathan’s strained silence in his reaction seems explainable in this context. Each mechanism with which the U.S. subverted President Jonathan came with a thinly veiled pretense that will disappear for lack of necessity after a Buhari victory.”
CSP further argued the Chibok tragedy heightened international attention on Boko Haram that had been preceded by US State Department campaign to downplay the significance and motivations of Boko Haram as a group disgruntled by a lack of government services.
“Boko Haram was in fact identifiable as a part of the global jihad movement with connections to al Qaeda going back to 2011.”
It added this patter would continue, claiming Buhari’s victory would be contested in court by President Jonathan’s PDP party.
“Watch for the U.S. to congratulate Muhamadou Buhari prematurely. U.S. oil purchases from Nigeria will recommence, likely fulfilling a deal cut long ago between Axelrod and Buhari.
"Buhari will take credit for restoring the economy and decisively challenging Boko Haram, with U.S. Intelligence and military support resuming full scale. It is, after all, what Buhari’s campaign, designed by Axelrod’s firm, AKPD, was based on.”
Comment could not be obtained from US officials.